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Genre: Scrolling shoot 'em up

Group Description

The genre commonly referred to as "shoot 'em up" (often abbreviated to shmup) has originated with the fixed-screen top-down shooter Space Invaders (1978). This group, however, includes only scrolling (horizontally, vertically, in an isometric or 3D fashion) shooters. In these games, the player controls a character (most commonly an aircraft) that must defend himself against large amounts of enemies by shooting at them. This style of game is generally agreed to have originated with Konami's Scramble (1981) and Namco's Xevious (1982). The player is able to control the character's movement in at least two (more commonly four) directions; however, the forward motion is also determined by the speed of the scrolling. Besides shooting at enemies, the player is also commonly engaged in collecting power-ups, which typically enhance the character's weapons or defense.

In order to be included in this group, the shooter should answer the two main conditions: scrolling environments and free movement in at least two directions: vertical in side-scrolling games, horizontal in top-down ones. This means that fixed-screen shoot-'em-ups, chase-view shooters, and rail shooters should not be included in this group. Side-scrolling shooters in which the playable character is restricted in his movements (i.e. is unable to sustain himself in the air for a prolonged period of time, having to jump over obstacles or platforms to proceed, etc.) should be excluded as well.

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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Progear2001ArcadeCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.00
Project-X1992Amiga, DOSPsygnosis Limited3.61
Protoganda: Strings2007WindowsCactus Software2.43
ProtoType2006WindowsCastle Software4.17
Psichodelya2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsKISS ltd1.17
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 2: Sengoku Ace & Sengoku Blade2004PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 3: Sol Divide & Dragon Blaze2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Psychic Storm1992TurboGrafx CDShin-Nihon Laser Soft Co., Ltd....
Psycho Chaser1990TurboGrafx-16, WiiNaxat Soft3.67
Psychosis1990TurboGrafx-16, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.2.42
Psyvariar 22004Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, XboxSuccess Corp.4.00
Psyvariar: Complete Edition2002PlayStation 2Empire Interactive Europe Ltd.3.75
Pulstar1995Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.4.00
Q10 Tankbuster1992Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumZeppelin Games Limited1.80
QP Shooting: Dangerous!!2014WindowsFruitbat Factory4.00
QS Defender1981ZX80, ZX81Quicksilva Ltd....
Quasar Wars1996AmigaLight Designs...
Rabbit Punch1987Arcade, TurboGrafx-16Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc.3.42
Radiant Silvergun1998Arcade, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Entertainment Software Publishing Inc.3.96
Radirgy2005Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2Able Corporation...
Raid 20001987Commodore 64Mirrorsoft Ltd.2.40
Raiden1990Arcade, DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, Jaguar, Lynx, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SNES, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx CDAcer3.55
Raiden DX1994Arcade, PlayStationHAMSTER Corporation...
Raiden Fighters Aces2008Xbox 360Valcon Games LLC...
Raiden Fighters Jet1998ArcadeSeibu Kaihatsu Inc.4.33
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Selected Covers

QP Shooting: Dangerous!! Windows Front Cover
Front cover for QP Shooting: Dangerous!!
Raiden Fighters Aces Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Raiden Fighters Aces
Psyvariar 2 Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Psyvariar 2
Psycho Chaser TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover
Front cover for Psycho Chaser
Raiden Jaguar Front Cover
Front cover for Raiden

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from QP Shooting: Dangerous!!
Title screen
Screenshot from Raiden Fighters Jet
Title screen
Screenshot from Progear
Title screen
Screenshot from Psycho Chaser
Starting out
Screenshot from QS Defender